Female Reporter Was Denied Access To Augusta’s Club House, Members Cite “Misunderstanding”

And here continues the biggest hush, hush subject about the world’s greatest golf course.  A female reporter was denied access to Rory McIlroy after a security guard refused to allow her into the locker room because she was a woman.  From Yahoo! Sports:

A female reporter was denied access to the locker room to interview Rory McIlroy after Sunday’s final round of the Masters, though it was later revealed as a misunderstanding by a security official.

A Masters media staff member apologized Sunday to Tara Sullivan, a columnist for the Bergen (N.J.) Record, after she was barred by security personnel from entering the player’s locker room for an interview because she was a woman. At least a dozen male reporters were granted access to the locker room following Sunday’s final round of the Masters.

“I was told that is not the policy of Augusta National [to deny women access],” Sullivan said of a conversation two hours later with a media staff member for the tournament.

Augusta National refused to make an immediate statement.

Sullivan said she was told by two security personnel, one of whom was female, that she was not allowed into the locker room when a larger group of media went to speak with McIlroy. All reporters are supposed to have access to the room, according to Masters media policy.

“I was told women were not allowed in the locker room,” she said.

Sullivan said she planned on interviewing McIlroy in a traditional area under the big tree in front of the clubhouse. McIlroy didn’t stop and Sullivan said she followed the golfer with a pack of reporters into the clubhouse and down the hall to the locker room.

“It was not anyone in a green jacket,” Sullivan said, speaking of the members of Augusta National. “They were two white-shirted security personnel.

“I didn’t create any problems at all. There weren’t any officials there. This was a security person, it’s not her policy. So I went outside.”

Sullivan said she was told by Steve Ethun of the Masters media committee that, “it was a complete misunderstanding by the tournament week security and [I] should have rightfully been given access per the standard practices of major sporting events.”

I have a really hard time believing the members on this one.  A security official doesn’t have this kind of logic for no reason.  It’s because she has an “understanding” from her employers. 

So weak of the tournament to throw the security official under the bus.

[Yahoo! Sports]


Meet 6’9” Female Wrestler Lindsay Hayward aka Isis The Amazon

Meet the Andre the Giant of female wrestling.  I stumbled across this story over on The Big Lead and I have to say I’m absolutely captivated.  If you read the site every day, you know we’re big supporters of professional wrestling and we can only hope that Vince McMahon gets the WWE all over signing this girl and putting her through some proper wrestling training.  Unlike Andre, she’s doesn’t look like Quasimodo and actually has inspirations to parlay her incredible size into a movie career a la The Rock.

From the Daily Mail:

“She said: ‘I decided I wanted to be a wrestler. To be the strongest and the best.

‘I didn’t want to take any grief from anyone ever again. Now if someone decides they want to fight me they really regret it.’

By the age of nine, Lindsay was 6ft tall and towered above her classmates.

‘You’d think my height would stop people teasing me but it didn’t,’ she said.

‘I was shy back then. My basketball team became like family to me. I always felt more comfortable with taller people, they knew what it was like.’

At 13 Lindsay had shot to 6ft 9ins, but she became withdrawn and self-conscious and turned to alcohol and self-harm.”

[Daily Mail]